Sexual Minorities in the Bible: the Positive Texts
in the New Testament
Rev. Dr. Tom Hanks, Buenos Aires, 2011
(www.fundotrasovejas.org.ar)

September 2011

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1.  Matthew:  A publican declares the Good News to eunuchs and prostitutes

2.  Mark:  The young man who fled naked portrays a Jesus in a hurry and crucified naked  

3.  Luke:  The “beloved physician” tells of a Roman centurion with his “very beloved” slave

4.  Praxis (Acts) of the Apostles:  Queer couples collaborate in mission to the Unclean

5.  John:  Jesus’ Beloved Disciple subverts fundamentalism (selective literalism)

6.  Romans:  A gay apostle’s queer letter to a “peculiar people” (in five tenement house churches)   

7.  1 Corinthians:  Sexual minority values replace family values (1 Cor. 5--7; 16:5-24)?  

8.  2 Corinthians:  Catalogs of sexual minority sufferings (oppression, violence)

9.  Galatians:  Evangelism + racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia:  “Another gospel?”  

10.  Ephesians:   Sexual sins that may not even be “named” (5:3, 12)

11.  Philippians:  Euodia and Syntyche threaten to split the church Lydia founded (4:2-3; 2:2)

12.  Colossians and Philemon:  The first Haustafeln and the deconstruction of the patriarchal
     household

13.  1-2 Thessalonians:  The woman (feminine side) in Paul and his companions

14. 1- 2 Timothy:  Paul seeks to encourage his disciple, beloved but timid

15.  Titus and his Cretan gay shaman

16.  Hebrews:  Sarah, Rahab and, the queerest of all – Melchizedek!  

17.  James:  Married, but not so secret admirer of Rahab, the harlot

18.  1 Peter:  “First pope,” but married (and preferring Mark as travel companion)

19.  1-3 John:  Friendship, not family, the foundation of civilized society

20.  Revelation:  The celibate followers of the Lamb vs. the Great Whore (Babylon = Rome)

Appendix:  Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. on the Beloved Disciple in The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic
Narratives from the New Testament  (Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2003).  
     
Note:   refers the reader to material in The Subversive Gospel, by Rev. Dr. Tom Hanks
(Cleveland:  Pilgrim Press, 2000).  The text of this book is available at www.fundotrasovejas.org.
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